The City of Lakeside has recently opened a business route to allow ATVs to access local businesses from the Sand Dunes. This is a linear route and all other roads in town are closed to ATV use. The route allows dunes riders to come into town to access groceries, restaurants, hotels and campgrounds.
Roads that are open:
Spinreel OHV Staging Area
Spinreel Road (State Highway)
Airport Way (County Road)
South 8th Street (City Road)
Park Ave - East of South 8th Street (City Road)
All other roads in Lakeside are closed to ATV use.
To view the roads open to ATVs in Google Maps:
There are several restaurants along 8th Street. There is also a grocery store at the corner of S 8th St and Park Avenue. There is a hotel and County Park, which you can stay at and ride to the dunes. Lake Road is not open and cannot access Osprey Point. There is NOT ATV access to the north end of town.
It is 2.5 miles into town and paddle tires should not be used because there are no gravel shoulders in town to ride on. You will destroy your expense tires and these roads are 35-40 mile per hour and you have to go with the flow of traffic. You will also be riding through quiet neighborhoods, so please THROTTLE DOWN WHEN IN TOWN. It is a privilege on have this access, please do not jeopardize this great opportunity.
This route is a combination of City, County, State and Forest Service roads. Each road has slightly different rules. Here is what you need to know:
All ATV laws which apply in the dunes (except flags) are required on the paved roads. In addition, you must also comply with the following when going into Lakeside.
Operation on Shoulder or Pavement
On Spinreel Road you are allowed to ride either on the shoulder or the pavement. This is because neighbors with paddle tires access to the dunes. The shoulder is wide enough for ATV use, which works better for paddle tires. The City of Lakeside road shoulders are not suitable for ATV use. The ordinance specifically bans operating on the shoulder. Do not use paddle tires in town, because it is too far of a distance and you will be operating on a section of road that is 40mph.
Liability Insurance is required when operating on any roads in Lakeside. Statewide, every city and county in Oregon that allows ATV on roads requires insurance. Liability insurance is to cover injuries to another person or damages to their vehicle. If you financed your ATV the bank likely required Comprehensive Insurance to repair your vehicle in case of theft or damage. For Highway use, you are required by law to have Liability Insurance not Comprehensive Insurance. You must carry proof of Liability Insurance.
On Spinreel Road (State Highway) helmets are also required for EVERYONE on motorcycles and ATVs. On the City and County roads, helmets are required for everyone under the age of 18 including side-by-sides. So if you are headed into town you will need a helmet while on Spinreel Road, so might as well wear it at all times. Adults 18 and over are not required to wear a helmet in a side by side, but it is strongly encouraged.
Eye protection is required in any vehicle without a windshield.
Seatbelts are required on all public roads for vehicles equipped with them (not four-wheelers and motorcycles). When defined as a Class II (jeep) or Class IV (side by side) vehicle, you are required to have a seat and seatbelt for every person in the vehicle. You cannot have extra people in the back without seatbelts.
All side-by-sides must be equipped with a rear facing mirror.
City and County Roads require a driver license and to be at least 16 years old. The Spinreel Road (State Highway) requires driving privileges, so a 15 year old with an instruction permit is ok when following all other rules with an instruction permit (supervision, passengers, etc).
Hours of operation
The City of Lakeside only allows ATV use during the daylight hours. This is 8 am to 30 minutes after official sunset. Spinreel Road has no restrictions on hours, except to have a working head light and tail light after dark. If you are going into town for dinner make sure you have enough time to order, eat and hit the road before dark.
ATV Safety Education Cards
ATV Safety Education Cards are required for all Class I (four-wheeler) and Class III (motorcycle) ATVs. ATV Cards are required for side by sides on County Roads.
All alcohol laws such as DUII and open container apply to ATVs the same as passengers cars. If you get a DUII on your ATV on roads or in the dunes you will lose your driver license. Drivers with suspended or revoked licenses cannot operate any ATV.
ATV activity on these roads and in the dunes is patrolled and enforced by the Coos County Sheriff’s Office Dunes Deputies. State Parks and the Sheriff’s office have and an agreement to provide dedicated patrols using ATV Funds from ATV Permits and Fuel Taxes. Deputies patrol in trucks, ATVs and side-by-sides. Many of the violations on the roads are considered traffic offenses and would go on your driving record.
USFS Spinreel Campground Information https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/siuslaw/recarea/?recid=42653